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Wizard – ‘Fallen Kings’

posted 13 Nov 2017, 05:57 by Paul Woodward

(Massacre Records)

Review By Woody

German old school metallers Wizard although a new band to me are well established with a long discography going back to the early nineties, their latest album is entitled ‘Fallen Kings’.

Wizard have a very European old school metal feel to them, it’s inspired by NWOBHM, but is far bolder than that genre tag would suggest. They really put me in mind of Hammerfall and fellow countrymen Halloween, they also have those bombastic and grandiose elements you associate with both those bands. Exuding epic-ness and near operatic choruses that demand you to chant along. Wizard’s song writing and musical delivery motto seems to be the bigger the better! The similarity to Halloween is further heightened to me with the similarity in Wizard’s vocalist to Andi Deris – uncanny at times.

I loved ‘Live Your Life’ which is an obvious radio friendly commercial track which has a great positive message and a really energizing feel to it. I felt the impact of the album dips towards the end of the album but the opening barrage including ‘Liar and Betrayer’ and ‘Brothers In Spirit’ really grabbed me by the throat with their bold choruses and bombastic stance.

I’m not sure why but the album features two bonus tracks which are only featured on the digipak version of the album. I’m sure this is more expensive, but it’s well worth looking at as these two tracks ‘We Are Ready For Metal’ and ‘The King’ are really great tracks and are well worth getting hold of if you can.

‘Fallen Kings’ is a good album, not brilliant but I’m sure established fans will be more than happy with it and I’m sure other old school metal fans who are new to Wizard will find plenty to enjoy here, just the same as I did! I’ve heard a lot bands and albums in this vein over the past couple of years as it is extremely popular at the moment especially in mainland Europe. So, I have a very high standard of what I expect from bands in this genre and with ‘Fallen Kings’ I think Wizard are a little hit and miss, so don’t quite hit that mark where I’m screaming about the album as new genre classic even though I enjoy the album. I do highly recommend ‘Fallen Kings’ to genre fans as I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

Track Listing: Liar and Betrayer / We Are The Masses / Live Your Life / Brothers in Spirit / White Wolf / Wizard Until The End / Father To Son / Let Us Unite / Frozen Blood / You’re The King / We Are Ready For Metal / The King

Album Rating: 6/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Live Your Life

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